Evangelical Christians engage in the public square — not for our own sake, but to bless others. Our seminal guide for public policy, “For the Health of the Nation: An Evangelical Call to Civic Responsibility,” has been updated and is ready to inspire a new generation of evangelical engagement.

“For the Health of the Nation” provides a biblical basis for the following principles:

  • Protecting religious freedom and liberty of conscience
  • Safeguarding the nature and sanctity of human life
  • Strengthening marriages, families and children
  • Seeking justice and compassion for the poor and vulnerable
  • Preserving human rights
  • Pursuing racial justice and reconciliation (new to this edition)
  • Promoting just peace and restraining violence
    Caring for God’s creation

While these issues do not exhaust the concerns of good government, they provide a platform from which evangelicals can engage in common action.

The original version of “For the Health of the Nation” was adopted in 2004 by the NAE Board of Directors and became the platform for the NAE’s advocacy, along with NAE resolutions. It has been widely studied and used by evangelicals and has served as a unifying framework for evangelical engagement in public policy.

While the underlying principles of the document have not changed, the NAE Board of Directors updated and adopted the revised version in 2018 in light of the shifting American context. New attention has been called to long-time social ills, including the broken immigration system, sexual harassment and abuse, human trafficking, racial injustice and white supremacy. Concern about these issues was implicit in the original document and is further elaborated in the updated edition, notably through the addition of a section on racial justice and reconciliation.

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